dissuade

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dissuade turn away from by persuasion "Negative campaigning will only dissuade people"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dissuade To advise or exhort against; to try to persuade (one from a course). "Mr. Burchell, on the contrary, dissuaded her with great ardor: and I stood neuter.""War, therefore, open or concealed, alike
      My voice dissuades ."
    • Dissuade To divert by persuasion; to turn from a purpose by reasons or motives; -- with from; as, I could not dissuade him from his purpose. "I have tried what is possible to dissuade him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dissuade To advise or exhort against something; attempt to draw or divert from an action by the presentation of reasons or motives: as, he dissuaded his friend from his rash purpose.
    • dissuade To change from a purpose by persuasion or argument.
    • dissuade To give advice against; represent as undesirable, improper, or dangerous.
    • dissuade To give advice in opposition to some proposed course of action.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Dissuade dis-swād′ to advise against: to try to divert from anything by advice or persuasion: to succeed in persuading not to
    • n Dissuade that which tends to dissuade
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dissuadere, dissuasum,; dis-, + suadere, to advise, persuade: cf. F. dissuader,. See Suasion

Usage

In literature:

To dissuade men from reasoning on a subject beyond our faculties?
"Coleridge's Literary Remains, Volume 4." by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
DISSUADE, to advise against; to turn from a purpose by reasons given.
"De La Salle Fifth Reader" by Brothers of the Christian Schools
I judged what was his design, from which I endeavoured to dissuade him in vain.
"Paul and Virginia" by Bernadin de Saint-Pierre
I proposed a bath, for the sake of experiment, but Francois endeavored to dissuade us.
"The Lands of the Saracen" by Bayard Taylor
In vain did the major endeavour to dissuade these reckless men from their purpose.
"The Dog Crusoe and His Master" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
But Ghaneshyam Babu strongly dissuaded him from abandoning the struggle, at least until he had turned the tables on his enemies.
"Tales of Bengal" by S. B. Banerjea
Nevertheless he beat down the desire to dissuade her from the trip.
"The Port of Adventure" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Indeed, it was with difficulty that the other officers dissuaded him from doing so upon his return.
"Jack Archer" by G. A. Henty
He would understand and be thankful to me for dissuading you.
"The Red Thumb Mark" by R. Austin Freeman
To restrain or dissuade him, the woman made no sudden move.
"Somewhere in France" by Richard Harding Davis
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In poetry:

A tremor stirred her tender lips,
Which parted to dissuade:
"That cannot be, O friend," she cried;
"Think, I am but a Shade!
"Her Immortality" by Thomas Hardy
Thus dissuading spake Nokomis,
And my Hiawatha answered
Only this: "Dear old Nokomis,
Very pleasant is the firelight,
But I like the starlight better,
Better do I like the moonlight!"
"The Song of Hiawatha X: Hiawatha's Wooing" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Mistake not, sweet sceptic, the cause of emotion,
No doubt can the mind of your lover invade;
He worships each look with such faithful devotion,
A smile can enchant, or a tear can dissuade.
"To Caroline: When I Hear That You Express An Affection So Warm" by Lord George Gordon Byron
'Tis why, whether roseal dawn
Brings forth a beaming sun,
Or night, arrayed in darkening clouds,
In darkness doth lead on,
Let doubt not dissuade Those people so chosen
From resolute trust in their Lord.
"Song IV" by Mikolaj Sep Szarzynski

In news:

Pat Quinn's vow to veto legislation allowing Illinois residents to carry concealed firearms in public did not dissuade a House committee from passing the concealed carry bill.
In two apparently unrelated robberies of Toledo Stop & Go convenience stores Sunday night, clerks dissuaded the armed suspects by asking, "Are you serious.".
In two apparently unrelated robberies of Toledo Stop & Go convenience store s Sunday night, clerks dissuaded the armed suspects by asking, "Are you serious.".
Don't let canning or the use of a slow cooker dissuade you from trying this blueberry lavender butter.
Brian takes his friend Sheila around to some stunning properties in an effort to dissuade her from moving to the West Coast.
This is to dissuade a few very frustrated fans ' tendencies to, as AD Ron Wellman put it, "preach".
Rabobank's trouble selling Robeco could dissuade other sellers.
Michele Bachmann says Palin's plans won't dissuade her from her likely presidential bid.
Union supporters rallied at the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday, but their pressure did not dissuade Gov Rick Snyder from signing the measures into law.
Nobody seems to be able to dissuade Republican Dan Maes from running for governor.
The way to spot a good shortcut in Portland is by how many speed humps there are to dissuade motorists from taking it.
If you thought the colored pencil was an artistic medium reserved for grade school, members of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America will be quick to dissuade you.
I don't expect that the margins of victory in any battleground state to be large, but, in total, enough to dissuade the President from challenging the results in court.
People who have seen the legendary Sasquatch can not be dissuaded from believing it exists.
BLM, don't be dissuaded by vocal minority.
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In science:

That there is not a much greater use of the model in the literature may in part be due to its comparative complexity, although it is also likely that the controversy discussed above alongside questions over its physical basis have dissuaded others to attempt detailed independent analyses of the model.
Slip or not slip? A methodical examination of the interface formation model using two-dimensional droplet spreading on a horizontal planar substrate as a prototype system
The unanticipated large bulk absorption of the silver thiogallate made it a poor candidate for use in a resonant buildup cavity and the large size of the PPLN crystal and accompanying oven dissuaded us from using it in a bow-tie enhancement cavity.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
Analysts wanting a quick and useable result are thus dissuaded from considering a Bayesian approach.
Bayesian astrostatistics: a backward look to the future
Experimenters should not be dissuaded from this pursuit by the somewhat disquieting over-consistency of many results; surprise often lurks just beyond the horizon.
Experimental Summary on Hadronic Decays: A TAU98 Review
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